NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 10, 2018
Game recaps, Tomas Plekanec to retire, Tuukka Rask on leave of absence, and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Blake Wheeler’s five-point performance (one goal, four assists) led the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, handing the latter their five straight defeat. Mark Scheifele had a goal and two assists.
Mikael Granlund scored twice and set up another as the Minnesota Wild downed the Anaheim Ducks 5-1, picking up their ninth win in their last 11 games.
Nazem Kadri and Morgan Rielly each tallied a goal and an assist and Patrick Marleau collected his 600th career NHL assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs thumped the New Jersey Devils 6-1.
Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves and Anthony Duclair scored the game-winning goal as the Columbus Blue Jackets edged the Washington Capitals 2-1. The Capitals were playing without top defenseman John Carlson, who’s listed as day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Dylan Larkin’s overtime goal gave the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers. Andreas Athanasiou scored the game-tying goal and added an assist.
Chad Johnson made 33 saves for the shutout as the St. Louis Blues blanked the San Jose Sharks 4-0. Jaden Schwartz and Alex Steen each had a goal and an assist.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Montreal Canadiens placed center Tomas Plekanec on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a mutually-agreed contract termination. The 36-year-old winger is recuperating from a back injury and was skating in practice with the team but the play of Max Domi, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, and Matthew Peca had made Plekanec redundant. Plekanec has expressed no interest in playing with another NHL club, intending to retire as a Canadien. He played 984 of his 1,001 NHL games with the Habs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This wasn’t what was intended when the Canadiens brought Plekanec back for this season. At the time, the Habs were thin at center and needed all the help they could get. With Domi and Kotkaniemi exceeding expectations and Peca settling as a checking-line regular, there suddenly wasn’t any room for a fading veteran like Plekanec, who last month celebrated his 1,000th career NHL game in Montreal. He plans on continuing his playing career back in the Czech Republic.
NBC SPORTS: The Boston Bruins have granted goaltender Tuukka Rask a leave of absence to deal with a personal matter. General manager Don Sweeney said the issue isn’t health-related and his absence is only expected to be for a few days. Meanwhile, defenseman Charlie McAvoy (upper-body injury) remains sidelined as it appears he’s suffered a setback dealing with what’s believed to be concussion symptoms.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have reportedly banned Citizen hockey reporter Ken Warren from traveling on the club’s charter after the paper published a leaked video showing several Senators mocking an assistant coach during a recent Uber ride in Arizona, The club has also banned TSN’s Brent Wallace for last fall asking team owner Eugene Melnyk about a report suggesting he withheld bonus money from his employees.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I said yesterday on Twitter when this report appeared, “For a team that’s supposedly moved on from this issue, they keep picking at it like a scab. Not a good look, Sens.” The thin-skinned Melnyk is morphing into a modern-day Harold Ballard with each passing month.
ESPN.COM: A Washington Capitals fans who won $19,000.00 in a recent team 50/50 raffle is returning his winnings to the pot, which is being donated to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit victims and families of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A wonderful gesture and yet another example that, even in these trying times, there are still a lot of good people out there.